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How serious is the Chinese economic slowdown? 

The sheer scale of the Chinese economy today makes the risk of collapse a frightening prospect   

By Paul Wallace  

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Global Media Group/SIPA USA/PA Images

If nothing else, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos provides a barometer of fears and hopes for the coming year among international business leaders. At last week’s downbeat event the glass was falling in large part because of concern about a slowing Chinese economy. Just how concerned should the rest of us at lower altitudes be?

On the face of it, the worries of the global elite look overdone. The headline that caught…

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